Sunsong is a transplant to Portland: Born in Ohio & raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. After attending Oberlin College in 1995, they moved to Portland where they performed for Imago Theater & worked in social services with developmentally disabled adults. As a queer, polyamorous, mixed race, intersexed person, they bring both lived experience as well as experience from a background working with Target communities to their work, especially in their recent time as an advocate & case manager for houseless youth. They have co-led trainings on racial & social justice. Before being hired on full time, they worked as a contractor doing mediations at Resolutions Northwest. They were a past equity informed mediation cohort member & have a dedication to building bridges across communities.
Marita is a Seattle-raised queer Filipinx femme who centers equity, laughter & kindness in their work & life. They have worked primarily in non-profit social service organizations for the past 16 years, with a three year stint as an esthetician & makeup artist. They have experienced & witnessed the restorative power of connection, forgiveness, & moving through discomfort to heal harms, & they are energized by helping others in these ways. Marita lives with their cat, Maple, & finds joy on the tennis court & in bodies of water.
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Equity Informed Basic Mediation Training (October 2022)